Effects of Meridian Massage on Facial Paralysis, Pain, and Anxiety in Bell's Palsy Patients

경락마사지가 안면신경마비환자의 안면마비회복도, 통증 및 불안에 미치는 효과

  • Lee, Jeong-Soon (Department of Nursing, Dongshin University Gwangju Oriental Hospital) ;
  • Seo, Nam-Sook (Department of Nursing, Dongshin University) ;
  • Han, Mi-Sook (Department of Nursing, Songwon University College)
  • 이정순 (동신대학교 대학원 간호학과) ;
  • 서남숙 (동신대학교 한의과대학 간호학과) ;
  • 한미숙 (송원대학 간호과)
  • Published : 2009.12.31


Purpose: This study identifies the effects of meridian massage on relieving facial paralysis, pain, and anxiety in Bell's palsy patients. Methods: A nonequivalent control group pre-test/post-test design was used for the study. The subjects were 51 Bell's palsy patients (experimental group=26, control group=25) of D University's oriental medicine hospital. The experimental group received a meridian massage for 20 min three times a week for two weeks. The data were analyzed with the following methods by using the SPSS/WIN 12.0 program: $x^2$-test, Fisher's exact test, and t-test. Results: The facial paralysis scores of the experimental group were significantly higher than those of the control group. The pain and anxiety scores of the experimental group were significantly lower than those of the control group. Conclusions: The results suggest that meridian massage (applied by nurses) has beneficial effects on facial paralysis, pain, and anxiety in patients suffering from Bell's palsy. Thus, meridian massage is recommended as an alternative nursing intervention program for patients with Bell's palsy.



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